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Detecting and handling cerebral palsy

There are many potential birth defects. Some can be cured, while others cannot but can still be treated. Some are easy to detect while others can go by for years without any notable sign being made.

One such potential defect is cerebral palsy, which can affect a child but go undetected for upwards of three years. It also cannot be cured, but it can be treated and managed. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines cerebral palsy as a set of potential neurological and muscular difficulties that stem from issues in the brain. The brain is not able to properly relay signals to the muscles, which can cause issues with movement, seizures, spasms, or a child being unable to move correctly. Cerebral palsy can affect a child to varying degrees. Some children may have extremely severe cerebral palsy that will require the aid of another person. Some are affected so mildly that they will only need slight therapy in order to be able to function.

The dangers that pedestrians face

The roads can be a dangerous place for anyone. Pedestrians, however, tend to face the largest risks due to the fact that they are left without as much protection as most motorists. This can lead to a number of increased problems that you may face near the roads.

There are a number of places in which you may end up in a pedestrian accident, or in which you may have already gotten into an accident at. There are some freak accidents in which a driver may end up driving onto a sidewalk. More commonly, a driver may end up taking a turn without realizing that a pedestrian is crossing in front of them. Crosswalks are also a place where a large number of accidents involving pedestrians can occur.  Because of the nature of these accidents, it is usually possible for you to file a personal injury claim.

Benefits COPD users can lose if doctor’s orders aren’t followed

Dealing with COPD can be tiring, distressing, and expensive. It can be even more expensive and stressful if someone has had COPD for some time but was initially misdiagnosed or given a bad treatment regimen to follow because of incorrect or partial diagnosis.

It is important to understand that workers' compensation benefits can be jeopardized if the treatment for COPD is not given or followed correctly. Social Security Disabilities states that a refusal to comply with doctor’s orders can end with compensation or disability benefits being terminated. Because of this, it is important that doctors prescribe a treatment that is actually effective for the patient and targets the root of the problem. Otherwise, the patient will have difficulty following it, or may be unable to follow it at all.

What are the signs of shoulder dystocia?

Expecting mothers may wish to research how labor may go. This will help prepare her for the general process and what to expect, but it can also alert her to certain conditions that she may be able to identify if they begin occurring in the delivery room.

One such problem that can be watched for is called shoulder dystocia. This is an obstruction that can occur during labor which can result in injury to the baby or even death if it is not taken care of quickly. The American Association of Family Physicians states that shoulder dystocia occurs when the shoulder of the infant is caught against the pelvic wall of the mother, preventing the child from exiting the birth canal fully. One sign that doctors will be on the look for is “turtling”. This occurs when the infant’s head appears and retracts multiple times, similar to a turtle returning to its shell. Facial discoloration and puffiness can also occur.

Acting on suspicions of nursing home abuse

Dealing with suspicions of abuse or neglect in a nursing home can be a difficult and emotional experience. Many people do not know where to start when they believe that their loved ones may be facing poor treatment.

The first place to start is to get reports ready. If a person suspects neglect or abuse in nursing home, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that a report should be made as soon as possible. Reports are sent in to Adult Protective Services after being screened for legitimacy. After that point, case workers are sent to keep an eye on the situation and to gather information and perform inspections.

What is the basic definition of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a large umbrella term. Because of this, it can encompass a number of different situations and scenarios. This can make it a little difficult for people to pinpoint whether or not something that has happened to them or a loved one may be considered medical malpractice.

The basic definition of medical malpractice is an injury that has come about either because of direct malicious intent on the part of the medical staff, or because of negligence. The extent of the injury does not determine whether or not it can be categorized as medical malpractice. Even a small injury could be classified as that if it was intentionally caused by staff or the result of negligence.

Is Erb’s palsy something you should worry about?

Unfortunately, it is impossible for anyone to predict how labor will go for a mother-to-be. It is not uncommon for new parents to fear that something may go wrong in the process of childbirth. Injuries that cause ailments like Erb’s palsy may also be a concern. But just how common is Erb’s palsy?

Erb’s palsy is defined as a type of brachial plexus palsy. This means that it affects the brachial plexus nerves. These nerves can be found near the base of the neck. Because of this, injuries to the neck can potentially affect the brachial plexus. Extensive damage to the neck could result in Erb’s palsy, as defined by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  One of the most common ways for Erb’s palsy to form is when a newborn baby’s neck is stretched during delivery. This could be a doctor’s error. It may also happen naturally due to a difficult labor.

54-year-old California man dies in car crash

Hit-and-run traffic accidents often result extensive personal property damage. Sometimes, these crashes may lead to severe injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain damage. In the most severe and tragic cases, hit-and-run crashes are fatal. When such fatalities occur, law enforcement authorities and the public often work hard to locate the drivers responsible for the accidents.

A 54-year-old male pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a car. The deceased, a resident of Sacramento, was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports do not indicate whether the man had died immediately after he was hit by the vehicle. It is not clear from reports whether broken bones, head trauma or a back injury may have contributed to the man’s death.

Compensation may help relieve the costs cerebral palsy

For many San Diego couples, having a baby is an exciting event. These parents may spend hours dreaming of their new child’s future. At the Nield Law Group, we understand how devastating it can be if these parents are informed that their babies are disabled. It is especially heartbreaking when a child’s disability was caused by a physician’s error during the baby’s birth.

Brain injuries during birth may result in serious and lifelong conditions, including cerebral palsy. Caring for someone with cerebral palsy is costly. Children with the condition often require specialized care. This care may involve medical expenses and home care costs. In addition, home modifications, such as wheelchair ramps and the installation of special furniture, may be necessary.

San Diego authorities investigating fatal traffic crash

Personal motor vehicles are an integral part of everyday life in San Diego. They have become so ingrained in modern society that residents of this city can sometimes forget that cars and trucks are dangerous machines. One moment of distraction or inattention behind the wheel can easily lead to a life-altering traffic accident. These collisions can be especially serious when they involve pedestrians.  

The Chula Vista Police Department is in the process of investigating a fatal pedestrian accident. The deceased pedestrian had been walking down E Street when he was struck by a car. The authorities are requesting the public’s assistance in piecing together the events leading up to the crash.